More Police Reservists Opposition

By Tokana Hasavi – EM TV, Port Moresby

Former Police Superintendent and former Madang Provincial Police Commander, Ben Simanjon, supports the Police hierarchy’s order to disband Police Reserve Units operating under by-laws and corporate entities.

Mr. Simanjon says these reserve units are unconstitutional as they do not serve the interest of the State.

Simanjon, with a police background of over twenty years, says most Police Reserve Units also lack proper training, reporting systems and structures to assist regular police.

Simanjon’s support follows Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, and his deputy, Jim Andrews, to disband reserve units serving commercial and corporate entities and their interests.

Although a verbal order has been given by the police hierarchy to dissolve Reserve Units from National Capital District Commission, and Bank South Pacific, an official notice is yet to be served.

NCD Governor, Powes Parkop is waiting to officially relinquish NCDC’s reserve unit.

This week, Parkop said he awaits an official notice from the Police Commissioner, but opposed the unilateral decision as a ‘Memorandum Of Understanding; between the National Capital District Commission and the Constabulary to make a platform, to reach a collective agreement.

“If the Police hierarchy continues to use the criteria of disbanding police units because of unfortunate incidents, I tell you, there won’t be any police force in Papua New Guinea,” Parkop fervently said.

But, former police superintendent, Ben Simanjon, is adamant that the reserve units do not fall within the boundaries of the Police Force Act 1998.

Furthermore, Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, this week’said an official police gazette will be released next week, effectively disbanding the National Capital District Commission and Bank South Pacific Police Reservist Units.

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